Learn about the implications and the opportunities of cannabis-friendly lodging and resort services, from smoking policies to cannabis themed vacation experiences.

Speaker : Lauri Kibby, Palm Springs

Kibby, upon graduation with an MBA, specializing in finance and accounting, from the Haas School of Business, UCLA, Berkeley, joined Irvine Retail Properties where she started a 30-year career in construction and development. Her early focus was in the finance and development of 13 community centers and the remerchandising and positioning of Fashion Island, Newport Beach.   Kibby then went on to become CEO of a construction company specializing in the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic structures completing well over 150 projects in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. In 2006 she sold her interest in the construction business and went on to privately finance and develop several single-family residential subdivisions in S. California. She is currently constructing a $120M mixed-use project in Palm Springs that includes a 169-room hotel and 25 residential condominiums.     In 2015, Kibby joined Michael King, in the formation of Duard Ventures, a cannabis-consulting firm providing finance, permitting, construction, and cultivation expertise to groups wishing to set up cultivation. Concurrently, she joined her partner in the creation of Kings Garden, with the intent of creating a leading, vertically integrated cannabis cultivation and distribution business. Kibby sits on several boards in the Coachella Valley and has excellent working relationships with the local government representatives.

Speaker: Brian Applegarth

A northern California native, after earning his BA in International Relations from UC Irvine in 2002, Brian spent years traveling, living, and working abroad tallying up 48 unique stamps in his passport and a handful of work visas. He landed back home in the bay area in 2013 and shortly thereafter, began planning his escape from the corporate machine. With a passion for cannabis culture and cannabis history, Brian launched The Cannabis Trail; a non-profit dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cannabis heritage in northern California. Emerald Country Tours came shortly thereafter, a cannabis tour company spotlighting the legalized cannabis industry and the unique bohemian cannabis culture that thrives in northern California. His latest project was establishing the California Cannabis Tourism Association in fall 2017. Education, preserving the history, and sharing the unique cannabis infused culture of his home, all drive his passion and daily work in the industry.